Autistic actor shines in the spotlight

Autistic actor shines at Pine Creek High

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" is a musical about a windowasher becoming chairman of the board.  

But this story is about how musical theater made Chris Cameron more well known as an actor...than autistic.

"Theaters about building self confidence," said the play's director Carrie Barnhardt-Roberson.

Diagnosed with high-functioning autism, Chris wasn't made for the stage but he was born with the desire.

"I don't get nervous at all," Chris Cameron said.

Chris is a part of the supporting chorus.

"His passion is music," said Denise Cameron.  "I would have never thought he would be at this point."

People with Chris's diagnosis typically struggle with social interaction, but his mom believes theater is a social scene that is easier to fit in than most.

"I would say that theater kids are all very unique in their own way," Denise said.

Chris's mom says his self-confidence has grown every time he steps foot on stage.  It's given her faith that Chris is ready for his next curtain call in

"I have all the faith in the world that he's going to build his own life," Denise said.

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